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Frank Shebageget, detail, Small Village, 1999. Collection of the Canada Council Art Bank.

Jin-me Yoon, video still, The dreaming collective knows no history (U.S. Embassy to Japanese Embassy, Seoul), 2006.

Lucie Chan, detail, entre-deux larmes, 2006. Collection of the artist.

Jamelie Hassan, Al Jazeera/Prisoner 345, 2008.Collection of Salah J. Bachir.

Henry Tsang, video still, Orange County, 2003. Collection of the artist.

ImagiNation: New Cultural Topographies
January 14 - March 1, 2009

Work by Lucie Chan, Jamelie Hassan, Frank Shebageget, Henry Tsang, Jin-me Yoon
Curated by Ming Tiampo, Nicole Neufeld and Caroline Vanderloo
Organized and circulated by Carleton University Art Gallery

Opening Reception Wednesday, January 14, 5 - 9 pm
Artist and Curator’s Talk with Lucie Chan and Caroline Vanderloo 7 pm
Free shuttle bus to DMG departs 401 Richmond St. W. at 6 pm, returning at 9 pm

Contemporary Art Bus Tour Sunday, February 1, 12 - 5 pm
Curator’s Talk with Nicole Neufeld 3:30 pm at DMG
Following a tour at 12 noon of the Koffler Gallery’s off-site project at Honest Ed's (581 Bloor Street W.), FREE bus departs at 12:30 pm to the Blackwood Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and Doris McCarthy Gallery. Seats are limited. To reserve, contact the Blackwood Gallery at 905.828.3789.

Panel Discussion Monday, February 9, 11 am – 1 pm in Room AA204, U of T Scarborough
With artist Jamelie Hassan, journalist Jeremy Copeland and Silvia Naef, moderated by Tanya Mars

ImagiNation: New Cultural Topographies features contemporary artists from across the country whose works express some of the complexities of contemporary Canadian identity. Twenty years after the Multiculturalism Act proposed a vision of Canada as a landscape peopled by cultural communities linked by race and faith, these artists move beyond the constraints of cultural identity as defined by ethnicity.

Through their works, the artists critically and creatively re-imagine the cultural intersections that affect the everyday lives of all Canadians. Their varied perspectives on such themes as memory, collectivity and mobility address the consequences of our shrinking world, creating new cultural topographies that chart the ever-changing face of Canada’s cultural landscape. With works that reveal new meanings for familiar objects, complicate our relationships with the idea of home, and personalize colonial experiences, they also offer counter-narratives that encourage us to rethink how history has been told.


Born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1975 and educated in Canada, Lucie Chan now works, teaches, and lives in Halifax.

Jamelie Hassan (b. 1948) was born in London, Ontario where she continues to live and work. A thirty-year survey of this Governor General’s Award-winning artist is being organized by Museum London and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery for 2009-10.

Frank Shebageget (b. 1972) is an Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) artist and curator who was born and raised in Upsala, Northwestern Ontario, and now lives and works in Ottawa.

Born in Hong Kong, Henry Tsang (b. 1964) is a Vancouver-based artist and curator. He now teaches at Emily Carr University.

Jin-me Yoon (b. 1960) was born in Korea. In 1968, she immigrated to Vancouver, where she now lives, works, and teaches.